Postgraduate Research

We offer 2 programmes within the department, a 3-year and 4-year programme. Our programmes are funded from many sources including the Research Councils (EPSRC, BBRSC, NERC and MRC), Charities, the European Community, US Government sources and industry in the UK, Europe and the USA.

PhD Chemistry (3-year)

PhD Chemistry

The 3-year Chemistry PhD programme is focused on a major piece of original research. You will study under the direct supervision of a member of staff, who is an expert in his or her area of specialisation. The department offers a broad range of research themes across physical, organic, inorganic and computational chemistry, specific departmental strengths are listed under research areas below.

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Wellcome Trust Interdisciplinary Programme in Structural, Computational and Chemical Biology (4-year)

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This unique programme offers opportunities to study at UCL, Birkbeck College and MRC-NIMR. Students are exposed to a wide range of training in protein structure, chemical biology and the computational tools necessary to address important problems in biomedicine.

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EPSRC funded 4 year Ph.D. studentship in disorder studies of materials — discovery and properties (D/L 14/07/2021)

UCL Chemistry Department is seeking applicants for a fully funded 4-year studentship to start in September 2021. The successful candidate will carry out their doctoral research at UCL in the interdisciplinary groups of Profs. Andrew Wills and Christoph Salzmann, will collaborate with other leading groups, such as those at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, and the Diamond synchrotron.

The main objectives of this Ph.D. project are to develop an understanding of structural disorder in a variety of materials by refinement of diffraction and diffuse scattering data. The information that it will provide will improve our ability to optimise desired physical properties by control of disorder and nanostructure. Materials of interest include magnets and battery materials, and synthesis by hydrothermal and solvothermal techniques. 

Typically, applicants should have completed, or are soon to complete, a relevant degree in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science (e.g. Master’s degree) at a high level (e.g. 2.1 minimum or equivalent). Good communication skills (both presentation and writing skills in English), the ability to work safely, independently and in a team environment are essential. Candidates with a strong interest in solid-state chemistry or condensed matter physics are encouraged to apply. Previous experience in the synthesis of solid state is desirable but not essential.

UCL offers a world leading scientific environment in the heart of London. Interested candidates should initially contact the supervisor, Profs. Wills (a.s.wills@ucl.ac.uk) or Salzmann (c.salzmann@ucl.ac.uk) with a degree transcript, a covering letter and CV. Informal inquiries are encouraged. Suitable applicants should complete an electronic application form at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply. They will be invited for an online interview no more than 2 weeks after the application deadline. Any admissions queries should be directed to Dr. Jadranka Butorac at j.butorac@ucl.ac.uk.

Applications will be accepted until 14th July 2021. 

The studentship provides 4 years fees (home rate) and a stipend at the UCL EPSRC DTP enhanced rate (£18,609 in 2021/22, rises with inflation each year). Applications for part-time study (minimum 50% full-time equivalent) are welcomed – stipend payment and duration will be adjusted pro-rata.

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We offer an excellent education with high standards of teaching in an exciting but friendly environment. We foster a community feel to the department and you will mix throughout your time here with staff, undergraduate students and researchers.

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Departmental Graduate Tutor
Professor Jim C. Anderson
Email: j.c.anderson@ucl.ac.uk

For all PGR enquiries contact:
Email: doctoral.chem@ucl.ac.uk